There is no marmite scenario here, Turkey has a bit of
everything for a luxury holiday, so there are plenty of places to
love or hate, although the latter may never be applicable. The
country is made up of Black Sea ports, sandy Anatolian plains,
Mediterranean coasts and cosmopolitan cities.
The obvious starting point is Istanbul, a hugely atmospheric city, and a great
destination for a long weekend. As well as being packed with
historical and cultural treasures, modern Istanbul has a
contemporary buzz to it. Once you've seen some of Istanbul's
numerous sights, indulge in a visit to a traditional hammam or a
haggling contest in one of the city's sprawling bazaars.
Elsewhere, the bizarre rock formations that characterise the
Cappadocia region of central Turkey are the
result of ancient volcanic eruptions that deposited thick layers of
soft rock. The forces of nature have, over the ages, sculpted
outlandish shapes such as the so-called 'fairy chimneys' -
toadstool-like rock pinnacles that litter the valleys - while into
it humans have, going back centuries, dug homes, churches and even
entire underground cities. Some of these subterranean homes have
been converted into cave-hotels - chic boltholes that offer
everything the modern troglodyte could want.
Finally, the shores of the beautiful Lycean coast are home to an
increasing number of excellent hotels and all but guaranteed good
weather in a UK summer and even spring and autumn. This coast is
also excellent for exploration from a gulet traditional wooden
sailing boat, and this is something else we can organise.
Original Travel members have travelled the country, and know the
best places to stay and visit, so can tailor make an itinerary to
your exact specifications. Must sees should include soaring
mosques, Byzantine churches, Ottoman palaces - exhibiting a
combination of Turkish world empire heritage. Turkey has a lot to
offer for a luxury holiday and we happen to know a few of those
passionate travel folks who will gladly tailor make an itinerary